Disney Recipes: Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese – Epcot’s Farm Fresh Marketplace

2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook

2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is now feeding Walt Disney World guests in full force as they taste their way around the World Showcase and Future Showcase. Running from September 25-November 16, this is the perfect place for those Disney fans who also happen to be fans of food and wine as well. But what happens when it is over? Where can these delectable tastes be enjoyed?

Thanks to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015 cookbook, the tastes of theEpcot International Food & Wine Festival can now be recreated in home kitchens around the world. This year’s cookbook is extra special as theEpcot International Food & Wine Festival celebrates 20 years! So it includes recipes, photos, and memories of the past two decades of this special event.

For those who aren’t able to make it to Epcot for this special cookbook, the Disney Parks Blog offered a recipe from its pages. It is for Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese and looks delicious.

Disney Recipes: Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese – Epcot’s Farm Fresh Marketplace

Yield: Serves 6

Disney Recipes: Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese – Epcot’s Farm Fresh Marketplace


    Pepper Bacon Macaroni
  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 8 slices pepper bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced white onions
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 3 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
    Cheese Sauce
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound (4 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 pound (1 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 pound sliced American cheese
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 slices pepper bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


    For pepper bacon macaroni:
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook pepper bacon until crisp. Chop and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of grease.
  • Heat grease in a medium-skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  • Add onion, green pepper, red pepper and jalapeño. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are warm, but still crisp. Set aside.
    For cheese sauce:
  • Heat cream in large saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to simmer, slowly stir in all of cheese, mixing well to melt cheese.
    To assemble and serve:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine cooked pasta, vegetables and cheese sauce in a large bowl.
  • Pour into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake 15 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onions and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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  1. Claire October 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    I made this today. I’m from the UK and was missing my favourite place so thought what better way to cheer me up than cooking my favourite dish from the Epcot food & wine festival. Had to use different cheeses as I couldnt find american cheeses in our supermarket but still turned out lovely! Thanks for the recipe, brings back some great memories!

  2. Annie October 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I just made it last night. Could have used more bacon…I had to go to an Amish Market to find the pepper bacon as my regular grocery store didn’t have any. But it was delish!! Thanks!

    • Mr. DAPs October 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      This comment definitely made me hungry… Glad to hear it turned out great though! I am thinking I might have some Mac and Cheese on a menu at my house in the near future! 🙂

  3. Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Dish was a hit at my house. Everyone loved it!

    • Mr. DAPs March 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      That’s great to hear!

  4. Beatriz Rodriguez November 22, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

    This dish is always a hit!!

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